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Making Scents Of It . . .

Winter and the dearth of blooms.  Thank goodness for the low-maintenance paperwhite narcissus.  A few bulbs, some stones, a chic container and a little water and a few weeks later you’ll have that unmistakably wonderful scent wafting through your rooms.

 Photos by Joel Woodard

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You Know What the Word Is


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If I Loved You, I’d Tell You This . . .

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Unfurling

As if it were pirouetting itself to life, this ancient and massive magnolia tree unfurls its waxy green and suede-skinned leaves in the Virginia sun.   When I looked upward at this specimen, I was fascinated by its powerful but delicate grace with limbs that seemed to be simultanelously chaotic yet controlled as they shot outward from the tree’s braided trunk.  I just stood there gazing heavenward for the longest time, totally captivated by this beautiful whirling dervish.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Climbing the Walls

The climbing hydrangea is one of my favorite vining plants.  It climbs without support, so just give it an arbor, wall or other structure and watch it reach for the sky.  The climbing hydrangea has white flowers which bloom in midsummer, deep green leaves and an interesting bark which exfoliates.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Ferdinand

I’ve always felt somewhat sympatico with Ferdinand, the flower-sniffing bull from the children’s story.  Ferdinand was a lover, not a fighter and he liked nothing better than to sit under his cork tree and contemplate the beauty of his pasture’s blossoms.  You may recall that at the story’s end, Ferdinand was returned to his beloved fields to live out his days among his  flowers.  Great morality tale but I, unlike Ferdinand, have a date with my power saw.

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Grrrrrrrrr!

An afternoon walk and what do I see?  A grinning dandelion in all its glaring glory.  Actually, I’ve never been so happy to see such a pesky thing in my life.  (And the mini violets too!)

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Down the Primrose Path

Nurseries, just like Mother Nature, are beginning to slowly awaken from their prolonged winter’s nap.  A slow drive-by to a local farm had these primroses virtually screaming to take a look, as well as a picture. 

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Any Day Now . . .

“Life is denied by lack of attention.  Whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.”

Nadia Boulanger

Good words to remember and any day now I am hopeful that the weather will turn sufficiently spring-like so that I can do some outdoor clean-up.  I’m actually itching to feel the warmth of a breeze and feel the earth in my hands once again.

Photos by Joel Woodard

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Soft Pedaling the Soft Petals

Just because summer’s flown the coop doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy flowers in your home.  These hydrangeas, the type which will dry and change color when cut, will last forever in arrangements.  Best of all, they require no attention whatsoever – no muss, no fuss.  They begin life as a deep chartreuse and turn lovely shades –  from parchment and green to soft pink and lavender.  Sometimes it’s Rustic Chic to soft pedal the soft petals.

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